Disaster struck in a huge nightclub Sunday morning. An estimated 245 partygoers are believed dead and another 200 injured in an explosive fire that may have been started by the headlining band’s on-stage firework display.
The tragedy took place at 2 am Sunday at Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil. The city in southern Brazil is a major university town, and the club was packed with upwards to 2,000 party goers.
Ezekiel Corte Real, 23, told a local newspaper that he helped several people escape before pushing his way out. “I just got out because I’m very strong,” he said.
The fire appeared to be among the world’s deadliest in a nightclub since 2004 when 194 were killed in Buenos Aires, Argentina.